25 Productivity and Automation Hacks from a 6-Figure Freelancer

There’s a great deal written about how to find work in the first place, but once you have it, how do you manage everything effectively? You must avoid becoming a victim of your own success, keep your work-life balance healthy, delight your clients, and ensure you still have enough projects coming in.

If you want to work in harmony and avoid the anxiety monster, you need to look at every aspect of your work and ask “How can I make this better?”

Quarterly Progress Report – Q3 2017

In a way, that consistent effort has started to feel a little tedious, like I’m never getting ahead of it, and I’m trying to come to grips with never really being done. There will always be more I want to work on and new projects I’d love to tackle. 

Instead it’s become a game of focus and prioritization, which I know is good for me, but frustrating at the same time for somebody who wants to do all the things.

So why a “progress” report? Because that’s what it’s all about.

Self-Publishing Income Report: 12 Months Post-Launch

A year ago I launched my book Buy Buttons out into the world.

It was my most ambitious book project to-date, and I put a lot of effort into the creation and marketing of it.

The launch did well. The book became an Amazon bestseller on its first day and earned around $2600 in profit in its first month.

But several people have asked how it’s done since then, and while I had a vague idea that it was still selling daily, I figured the 1-year anniversary would be a good excuse to dive into the numbers to see in concrete terms how profitable it’s been in its first year.

10 Consumer Research Companies that Pay Up to $100 an Hour for Your Opinion in Online Focus Groups

I recently participated in a paid focus group in San Francisco. You know, the kind with the one-way mirror on the wall.

We talked about travel habits and preferences for an hour and half, and I got paid $150 for my time and opinions. Not bad!

The whole thing was pretty quick and painless, and actually kind of interesting, and it got me thinking that this could be a fun side hustle, so I set out to find other consumer research companies that operate nationwide or even ones that conduct studies online.

35 Things I Have Learned in My 35 Years

I wish I was half as smart now as I was at 16.

But learning everything you don’t know is part of the process.

One thing I love about my work is I feel like I learn new things every day. Sometimes they’re small little tweaks and hacks, and other times they’re broader strategies or ideas.

I originally published this post 5 years ago, after my 30th birthday, but decided it was due for an update.

Reselling Shoes: How I Make $10,000 a Month Flipping Sneakers

After spending hours of research and using the little money that I had saved, I bought my first pair of shoes to resell. It was a pair of Jordans that I bought for $190. I sold them hours later for $300 — an $80 profit after shipping and fees.

It was the quickest and easiest money I had ever made. I had finally found a product that met all of my criteria: high ticket items with good margins that sold quickly. Sneakers checked those boxes very nicely.

79 Alternative Investment Platforms to Earn Stronger Returns, Build Cash Flow, and Diversify Your Portfolio

I’ve been excited about alternative investments since my early days as an aspiring real estate investor and peer-to-peer loan shark.

If you’re bored/scared/disillusioned with the “traditional” stock market and mutual fund asset classes, or if you just are curious what else is out there, this post is for you.

The cool thing is we’re living in a golden age of alternative investment opportunities, and it was quite an undertaking to compile these options.

Quarterly Progress Report Q2 2017

Progress report time! I’ve been doing these quarterly progress reports for the last couple years.

I find this exercise a helpful time to evaluate what happened over the last 3 months, to see what you got done, and to ask if you’re happier or otherwise better off than you were when you started.

So am I?

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